2013: Ideas Expressed

Top political leaders on the eve of key Assembly polls,retired judges known for their landmark verdicts,foreign ambassadors,a Nobel laureate,a celebrated author,businessmen as well as successful sports and film personalities were just some of the guests at this year’s Idea Exchange. Some of the most memorable quotes from the year that was

Published: December 29, 2013 3:54:28 am

‘If an issue of morality is to be decided by majority,then fundamental right has no meaning’

Retd Delhi high court Chief Justice AP SHAH

‘Sanctions or threats can’t take us to Geneva. We were there for a new approach. The world,the region needed this…’

Iranian ambassador Gholamreza Ansari

‘AAP has dismissed itself because they came up with a jhadu and said,We are going to remove corruption. There’s a big question mark on Mr Kejriwal’s consistency and him certifying himself’

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit

‘Terrorist organisations,terrorists have direct or indirect access to Congress’

BJP leader Nitin Gadkari

‘BJP is a deceptive opposition,don’t know about the alternative it’s providing… Does anybody know what the Gujarat model is? I don’t…’

Union minister Kapil Sibal

‘Using subsidised power,cooking gas and diesel,and then saying we can’t afford food Bill… Why target only subsidies for the poor?’

Economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen

‘An Army general has no right to say these things. I would have thrown him out’

Union minister Farooq Abdullah on former Army chief VK Singh

‘There’s no question of us backing a Cong-led govt again,whatever the circumstances’

CPM general secretary Prakash Karat

‘Governance niyat ki baat hoti hai. It needs only integrity,ethics,some ordinary intellect’

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka

‘It’s a misnomer that to appeal to the youth you have to write chill,chill,chill thrice’ Adman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi

‘I was thinking how many regulators the country has,and I couldn’t count’

SEBI chairman UK Sinha

‘What impact has Modi’s elevation made? The NDA is down to three parties’

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda

‘One can’t survive by being anti-anyone. We don’t restrict ourselves to any one grouping’

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav

‘If Milkha Singh was born in present times,no one would have been able to break his record in 100 yrs’

Athlete Milkha Singh

‘I have no say when environment ministry gives clearances for mining rights’

Tribal affairs minister V Kishore Chandra Deo

‘If state can’t ensure security for 80 km of road in Bastar,you’ve failed in the basics’

Former Punjab DGP KPS Gill

‘Post 9/11,the US has been engaged in a monologue

with the world’

Filmmaker Mira Nair

‘When people ask me to quit,do you think it doesn’t affect me? And how often do you want me to resign?’

Former police commissioner,Delhi,Neeraj Kumar

‘Advani is neither tired nor retired… (But) he has never said he is in the race for PM’

BJP president Rajnath Singh

‘UPA has to deliver before the next elections… There were issues where decisions should have been taken two years ago’

Managing director of HDFC Bank Aditya Puri

‘Of course,we must look into environmental factors,but not by stopping development’

Godrej Group chairman and CII president Adi Godrej

‘In this country,where religion is such an important subject,you cannot talk religion at a literary festival. That is a shame’

Author Salman Rushdie

‘Unfortunately,the CM of J&K can never be Indian enough for Indians and he can never be Kashmiri enough for Kashmiris’

J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah

‘Hard cases make bad laws,so you do not make a law based on any particular case’

The late Chief Justice of India JS Verma

‘The way forward is to get the LoC incident off the cover pages and let the governments deal with it’

Pakistan’s high commissioner to India Salman Bashir

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